Determination and skill are key contributors in reaching a goal. However, what if your own heart, manas is not set on the goal? Can determination and skill ignore your manas and move you forward? In such a case, the journey towards goal becomes very tiresome and difficult. So, how can we set our manas on the goal?
For example: You don’t want to watch a movie that isn’t of great value add to your precious time. But, manas tempts you to have fun for some time and forget the value of time. For most people, the determination weakens and manas wins! This is only an example, there could be several different areas in which we encounter such situation. In such situations:
- Do we let manas win over for that instance by letting it do what it wants, and then teach to it that it wasn’t a good choice by showing what is right and wrong about it? OR
- Do we order manas to do what is right for us?
Neither of them is right!
It is said in Bhagavad Githa:
ఉద్ధరేదాత్మనాత్మానం నాత్మానమవసాదయేత్ |
ఆత్మైవ హ్యాత్మనో బంధురాత్మైవ రిపురాత్మనః
If you want to grow yourself, do not let your manas run behind other sensory objects. Manas benefits you when it is your friend and ruins you if it is not!
It is also said in Upanishads:
మన ఏవ మనుష్యానాం కారణం బంధ మోక్షయోః !
బంధాయ విషయాసంగి మోక్షే నిర్విషయం స్మృతమ్ !!
Manas is the cause of bondage and is the cause of liberation. Manas absorbed in the sense objects is the cause of bondage and detached from the sense objects is the cause of liberation.
The intense connection that Nammalwar established with his manas tied him strongly to God ever! If alwar showed us the path to ultimate goal, God himself by making manas his constant companion, then any other goal in our life can not be too hard to achieve in this way, can it!?
-From the discourse of Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji,
-Bhagavad Vishayam, 03 November 2018